The exhibition of Science and Technology Week, organized by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) at its headquarters, received for the fourth day in a row a heavy turnout of visitors aside from school and university students whose number exceeded 5000 student.
KACST’s Media Center staff and researchers welcomed the visitors and escorted them through the vast and varied pavilions of the exhibition where the young guests were briefed on direct scientific experiments, space images and multimedia which showcase many scientific issues worked on by KACST and technological products generated in its research centers as well to stimulate visitors to gain a general conception of scientific areas and issues and their fundamentals, aside from the development of scientific thinking and research skills.
The audience were engrossed in examining prototypes of drones, designed and manufactured by KACST for scientific purposes and uses as well as number of satellite models and solar cells that were all produced in KACST’s science and technology research laboratories, centers and institutes.
KACST’s remarkable accomplishments in scientific services and research projects were the magnet that attracted most visitors particularly the nanotechnology applications in most walks of modern life including commercial products, a variety of industrial and purification processes, environmental cleanup, water desalination and filtration, wastewater treatment aside from KACST’s tangible products in these fields including nano-membranes.
Visitors could experience aviation through the plane-cockpit simulator, in presence of one of KACST’s researchers to instruct them how to aviate and brief them on the functions of scientific and technological components of the cockpit.
In the pavilion of KACST’s Telecommunications and IT Research Institute, visitors enjoyed testing electroencephalography (EEG) to characterize brain activity as a wide array of neuro-imaging technologies are now available that offer unprecedented opportunities to study the brain in health and disease. In the exhibition, visitors practiced choosing scattered numbers on the interactive screen in specific sequence while thinking in the desired number. The EEG is an inexpensive, noninvasive and versatile technology to evaluate neural activity in the brain particularly “Epileptic Seizures."
Through activities of this Week, KACST targets creating voluptuous knowledgeable atmosphere to spread the concept of science and technology and take them out of scientific research centers and laboratories to the cognitive concept, simple to read and easy to grasp, so that visitors of all ages can take advantage of the rapidly developing sciences and technologies taking into account the fact that most of these technologies are applied in various walks of our daily life.
KACST has scheduled the exhibition’s visiting hours for two weeks, where the morning session from 8:00 pm to 12:00 has been allocated for male students from both schools and universities during the first week and for female students of the various stages of education during the second week, while the session from 4 pm to 10 pm is open for all.